I'm looking to buy a bike resistance trainer, but I have no idea which one to get. I want one that's of good quality that will work well for some serious training. Does anyone have any recommendations or tips on what to look for when shopping for a resistance trainer? Thanks!
Some key things to look for in road trainers:
-a solid, sturdy base
-secure/easy to use attachment for your rear wheel
-quality resistance unit
-most people want something that isn't TOO loud either
It kind of depends on how much you're going to use the trainer. If no more than 1-2 times a week, I'd say go with something a little less expensive. If any more than that, definitely get somethig like a Kinetic Road Machine. Kinetic also make a higher end model, called the Rock n' Roll that gives you a better simulation of road riding, because it will actually rock from side to side with the bike, like you're actually on the road. Never tried it, but everything I've seen about it looks cool.
Rollers are definitely a good option, but as mentioned, no resistance unit. Definitely takes a lot more balance and focus. Honestly, I prefer having my wheel locked into a trainer if I'm doing a hard workout, (example: hill climbing or race simulation) but to each their own. Part of that is probably because I'm less comfortable on rollers in general though. =)
I currently have a Kinetic Road Machine trainer and love it. My old trainer was the lower end Giant trainer, and that was alright. The Kinetic is very solid and not quite as loud as my old one.
Also, not sure what your plans are for workouts, but I'd suggest checking out a few of the Spinerval workout dvds! Used several of those throughout the winter for a nice variety of workouts.
Other things I'd suggest getting with your trainer...a harder indoor trainer tire, so that you don't burn through your road tires; a trainer mat to protect your floor; a computer/heart rate monitor/power meter to measure your efforts.